The Leopold Locked Room Essay

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The Leopold Locked Room is a short mystery story written by Edward D. Hoch. Leopold, a police captain is found in a closed locked room with his murdered ex-wife. Results show that Leopold's gun fired the fatal shot, but Leopold and readers know he's not the killer. Every bit of the story is cleverly though out. If you enjoy reading short mystery stories this is a great story to read.

Captain Leopold and Monica were once married. When Monica wanted to go pursuit her career and her dreams in California as an actress, Leopold refused to go with her because he just started on the police force and his future looked bright. Monica left him. Shortly after arriving in California and having no luck with the acting career she had a nervous
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Since Captain Leopold was the only other person in the room with Monica, Fletcher accused him of shooting his ex-wife. He sniffed the gun and found that someone had recently fired it. He was shocked. Captain Leopold claimed that he did not fire the gun and did not kill Monica. Lieutenant Fletcher was puzzled because it was only Captain Leopold and Monica in the room. Lieutenant Fletcher took Captain Leopold to the police station and Monica went in an ambulance. She later died on the way to the hospital. The detectives continued their investigation to find out what happened and who did it, if Captain Leopold did not shoot his ex-wife Monica then who did and why. Although, the events in this story would not happen in real life because of the technology we have. Monica would have definitely got caught way before the ending of the story. Everything from the characters, plot, setting and the style of the story worked well together. The characters worked well because everyone tides together. The characters were well thought out and believable because at a wedding your bound to see someone you don’t want to see especially if it's your ex-wife’s family. The plot is extremely good and cleverly thought out and maybe even could have happen if everyone believed that a doctor was on sight. Maybe the ambulance wouldn’t stay in the back of the car because

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